Note:  There will be a cycling event here in Tucson at the same time as CLAPS 2018. We encourage you to secure accommodations sooner rather than later. We expect hotels/airbnbs to be busier than usual. You can visit the Lodging page of our website for hotels near the conference.


Join us for a symposium that will bring together the ongoing discourse surrounding critical pedagogy among academic librarians, critical pedagogy scholars, and teaching faculty. The symposium will take place at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, on November 15-16, 2018. This year’s theme is Power & Resistance in Library Pedagogy. Registration for the symposium is free.

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What is critical pedagogy?

Critical pedagogy recognizes that education is shaped by outside political and economic forces, often to the detriment of politically and culturally marginalized students. Those who practice critical pedagogy teach students how to recognize and critique the oppressive power structures inherent in educational systems.

What, then, is critical library pedagogy?

Librarians have historically practiced information literacy instruction, which teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information. Critical library pedagogy recognizes that “all knowledge is created within a historical context” (see note below) and teaches students how to identify and understand the contextual drivers behind the creation and dissemination of information.

What will attendees get from the conference?

We hope attendees will leave with ideas for incorporating critical pedagogy theory into their practice as educators – both within the library and in higher education in general.

1. Adkins, T. (2014). Critical pedagogy. In D. Coghlan, & M. Brydon-Miller (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of action research. (Vol. 3, pp. 212-216). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.